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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
     

Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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by Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar, Bob Flowerdew
 

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A must-have book for any vegetable grower.
—Washington Gardener

What is not included in this definitive and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape?
—The American Herb Association

Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures.
—New York Times

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Overview

A must-have book for any vegetable grower.
—Washington Gardener

What is not included in this definitive and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape?
—The American Herb Association

Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures.
—New York Times

The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. For those who want to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit this superb resource will be referred to often throughout the year.

Now in paperback, the book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and a wealth of recipes will help gardeners and cooks enjoy the bounty of their home gardens.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing.

Topics include:

  • Edibility and nutritional value
  • The most useful and most recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • A maintenance calendar
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing.

A glossary, further reading, seed sources, hardiness zones and a detailed index round out this outstanding book.

Editorial Reviews

Portland Oregonian
[Review of hardcover edition:] Information on individual cultivars, as well as some very good recipes.

— Vern Nelson

London Free Press
[Review of hardcover edition:] Offers advice on cultivation techniques, dealing with pests and diseases, suggestions for companion plants, and culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses.

— Ken Smith

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
[Review of hardcover edition:] An excellent source of information on growing and cooking edible plants.

— Cathy Frisinger

Toronto Star
[Review of hardcover edition:] This has become my 'bible' because it contains great photographs with bite-sized chunks of information that are easy to read, inspiring and comprehensive.

— Sonia Day

American Reference Books Annual
[Review of hardcover edition:] Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes... enough to teach even experienced gardeners new tricks... excellent index.

— Diane M. Calabrese

Edmonton Sun
[Review of hardcover edition:] A garden book full of surprises... there's so much to discover... excellent information.

— Patty Jessome

Newark Star-Ledger
[Review of hardcover edition:] For a complete reference on growing food crops, you can't go wrong with the new, up-to-the minute "Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit."

— John Van de Water

Diversions
[Review of hardcover edition:] Bright color photos, clean layout, and handy hints make this hefty garden bible a treasure, and it's a great deal.

— Dee Cherrie Ashman

American Gardener
[Review of hardcover edition:] A comprehensive reference book on edible plants... information on hundreds of edible plants accompanied by more than 1,800 color photographs.

— Viveka Neveln

Kitchener-Waterloo Record
[Review of hardcover edition:] Exceptional.

— David Hobson

Bee Culture
[Review of hardcover edition:] By far the most comprehensive book on the subject. A must-have for those growing edible crops ... Easy to use.
[Review of hardcover edition:] For the edible landscape, the best title by far is Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce.

— Connie Krochmal

Harrisburg Patriot-New
[Review of hardcover edition:] Amazingly thorough encyclopedic look at edible plants.

— George Weigel

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
[Review of hardcover edition:] This book is a handsome addition to the gardening library and an excellent value.

— Chris Smith

Country Accents
[Review of hardcover edition:] Whether you utilize it to learn how to use soapwort to treat skin conditions such as eczema or for the recipe for curried parsnip soup, it is valuable to novice and experienced horticulturists alike. Written by a trio of garden experts, this is a must-have resource for any gardener or chef.

— Tricia Landry Wallace

Beach Metro Community News
[Review of hardcover edition:] Good value for money ... very helpful.

— Mary Fran McQuade

Cleveland Plain Dealer
[Review of hardcover edition:] Not only how to grow, but also how to harvest, preserve and use 70 vegetables... a comprehensive, quick-read encyclopedia.

— Suzanne Hively

Good Times
[Review of hardcover edition:] This reference book is as colourful as it is inspiring and will appeal to anyone who would like to grow edible plans. The authors leave no leaf unturned -- every topic is covered.... Best of all, more than 100 recipes are included to take advantage of your crop once it's time to harvest.... With more than 600 pages and 800 colour photos and illustrations, this book is definitely food for thought.

— Liz Grogan

New York Times
[Review of hardcover edition:] Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures. Isn't it nice when peas are so neatly tucked into their pods in those very polite rows?

— Dominique Browning

Grainews
[Review of hardcover edition:] An indispensable resource, giving an amazing amount of information that will be of value to any gardener, whether planting a field or a window box.
GreatGardenInfo.com
[Review of hardcover edition:] I believe this volume will become a constant source of reliable information. Highly recommended.
Harrisburg Patriot-New - George Weigel
[Review of hardcover edition:] Amazingly thorough encyclopedic look at edible plants.
Home Cooking
[Review of hardcover edition:] Every gardener — novice or expert — will find useful information.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record - David Hobson
[Review of hardcover edition:] Exceptional.
London Free Press - Ken Smith
[Review of hardcover edition:] Offers advice on cultivation techniques, dealing with pests and diseases, suggestions for companion plants, and culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses.
Making Scents (Magazine of the International Aroma
[Review of hardcover edition:] Well organized, easy to access information, and concisely written. A good reference book!
Michigan Gardener
[Review of hardcover edition:] This all-encompassing book combines the expertise of three gardeners to offer a prodigious range of information.... easy-to-use alphabetical format, it is illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative illustrations.
New York Times - Dominique Browning
[Review of hardcover edition:] Satisfying ... There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures. Isn't it nice when peas are so neatly tucked into their pods in those very polite rows?
American Gardener - Viveka Neveln
[Review of hardcover edition:] A comprehensive reference book on edible plants... information on hundreds of edible plants accompanied by more than 1,800 color photographs.
American Reference Books Annual - Diane M. Calabrese
Now issued as a more affordable paperback edition, this work is ideal for gardeners looking to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes mix, quite naturally.... Visually, the book is a match for the mind's eye of any gardener.
Backhome Magazine
[Review of hardcover edition:] A well-organized overview that examiners each cultivar in depth... visually pleasing... the insight of some very diverse expert gardeners.
Beach Metro Community News - Mary Fran McQuade
[Review of hardcover edition:] Good value for money ... very helpful.
Bee Culture - Connie Krochmal
[Review of hardcover edition:] For the edible landscape, the best title by far is Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Suzanne Hively
[Review of hardcover edition:] Not only how to grow, but also how to harvest, preserve and use 70 vegetables... a comprehensive, quick-read encyclopedia.
Country Accents - Tricia Landry Wallace
[Review of hardcover edition:] Whether you utilize it to learn how to use soapwort to treat skin conditions such as eczema or for the recipe for curried parsnip soup, it is valuable to novice and experienced horticulturists alike. Written by a trio of garden experts, this is a must-have resource for any gardener or chef.
Desert News
[Review of hardcover edition:] This comprehensive garden book goes beyond the dirt, offering tips on growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking.
Diversions - Dee Cherrie Ashman
[Review of hardcover edition:] Bright color photos, clean layout, and handy hints make this hefty garden bible a treasure, and it's a great deal.
Edmonton Sun - Patty Jessome
[Review of hardcover edition:] A garden book full of surprises... there's so much to discover... excellent information.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Cathy Frisinger
[Review of hardcover edition:] An excellent source of information on growing and cooking edible plants.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
[Review of hardcover edition:] This reference book is as colourful as it is inspiring and will appeal to anyone who would like to grow edible plans. The authors leave no leaf unturned — every topic is covered.... Best of all, more than 100 recipes are included to take advantage of your crop once it's time to harvest.... With more than 600 pages and 800 colour photos and illustrations, this book is definitely food for thought.
Newark Star-Ledger - John Van de Water
[Review of hardcover edition:] For a complete reference on growing food crops, you can't go wrong with the new, up-to-the minute "Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit."
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
[Review of hardcover edition:] It's a useful book for the gardener who is short on time and seeks easy-to-follow, no-fail instructions.
Portland Oregonian - Vern Nelson
[Review of hardcover edition:] Information on individual cultivars, as well as some very good recipes.
Science News
[Review of hardcover edition:] Comprehensive... a valuable reference for both gardeners and inquisitive chefs.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Chris Smith
[Review of hardcover edition:] This book is a handsome addition to the gardening library and an excellent value.
Shelf Life
[Review of hardcover edition:] It is about as precise and concise a guide as you would ever wish to find.
The American Herb Association vo. 21:4
[Review of hardcover edition:] What is not included in this definitive and beautifully illustrated sourcebook on edible landscape?
Toronto Star - Sonia Day
[Review of hardcover edition:] This has become my 'bible' because it contains great photographs with bite-sized chunks of information that are easy to read, inspiring and comprehensive.
Washington Gardener - Ursule Sabia Sukinik
[Review of hardcover edition:] This is now my favorite source book for growing, propagating, harvesting, storing, and cooking all things edible. An A to Z-type reference guide, it is easy to use, has beautiful photography, and [has] details all gardeners need like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and companion plants. These three amazing authors have put together a must-have book for any vegetable grower.
NY) New Living (Montauk
[Review of hardcover edition:] This all-encompassing book combines the expertise of three leading gardeners to offer a prodigious range of information on more than 100 herbs, 70 vegetables and 100 fruits. Arranged in an easy-to-use alphabetical format from Aaron's Rod to Zucchini, the book is copiously illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative graphics. Readers learn how to select the plants best suited to their plant zone, and what to do to insure a successful crop.
Dominique Browning
There's an abundance of information and tantalizing pictures.
—The New York Times
BellaOnline
For the edible landscape, the best title by far is Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit... everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce.

— Connie Krochmal

Washington Gardener
This is now my favorite source book for growing, propagating, harvesting, storing, and cooking all things edible. An A to Z-type reference guide, it is easy to use, has beautiful photography, and [has] details all gardeners need like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and companion plants. These three amazing authors have put together a must-have book for any vegetable grower.

— Ursule Sabia Sukinik

New Living (Montauk
This all-encompassing book combines the expertise of three leading gardeners to offer a prodigious range of information on more than 100 herbs, 70 vegetables and 100 fruits. Arranged in an easy-to-use alphabetical format from Aaron's Rod to Zucchini, the book is copiously illustrated with more than 1,800 color photographs and informative graphics. Readers learn how to select the plants best suited to their plant zone, and what to do to insure a successful crop.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770852006
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
389,730
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Biggs lectures at the Royal Horticultural Society. He is the author of Matthew Biggs' Complete Book of Vegetables.

Jekka McVicar has won several top awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. She is the author of Jekka's Herb Cookbook.

Bob Flowerdew is an author and a lecturer for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AvidGardnerCA More than 1 year ago
This year I am trying to grow a lot of different and uncommon fruit and vegetables, this book definitely gave me some new ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book provides quick info along with photos for many types of veggies, fruits, and herbs. The book also has description of history, planting, propagation, pest, health benefits, and companion plants for each of them. I use it to cross reference with other sources on internet and other books. Definitely this is one of them in my library.